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Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world's first fat tax - a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat.

Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.

Some consumers began hoarding to beat the price rise, while some producers call the tax a bureaucratic nightmare.

Others suggest that many Danes will simply start shopping abroad.

Danish officials say they hope the new tax will help limit the population's intake of fatty foods.

However, some scientists think saturated fat may be the wrong target.

They say salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates are more detrimental to health and should be tackled instead.


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Interesting - if 'tax' decreases your use or behavior (i.e. - smoking, etc) - what impacts do they think taxing someone's income higher and higher has?



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has michele been to or called denmark recently.

kinda sounds like something she might have brought up.
some apple slices with those fatty foods will make it all better.

perhaps smaller portions, same price?


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Interesting - if 'tax' decreases your use or behavior (i.e. - smoking, etc) - what impacts do they think taxing someone's income higher and higher has?
Interesting question, indeed!


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Basically, saturated fats are found in animal products and processed foods, such as meats, dairy products, chips, and pastries. They are not heart healthy since they are most known for raising LDL cholesterol or simply the "bad cholesterol". That is the reason why Denmark levies first-ever saturated fat tax. All fats in food in Denmark will be taxed in an effort to lower consumption. The Danish tax system will be the first real-world test of taxing a particular food element as a way to reduce or change consumption toward “healthier” options. This is an intervention to promote health, maintain wellness and shun ailments related to fat intake, hence preventing money to be expended due to expensive therapy. On the contrary, some call this an ineffective effort, but only time can tell.

Indeed, the fat tax is certainly a creative tax. While it has definite advantages for both state governments and individual people's health, there are also some discriminatory issues as well as more damage to people's wallets. Well, let's see if this will work.



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